A 52-year-old man who failed to signal for a turn is dead after a two-car crash. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the victim, from Hawkins County, failed to yield the right of way, which caused the crash. He was headed south when a truck driving north struck his vehicle. The 33-year-old driver of the truck was taken to hospital and treated for injuries.
The truck hit the car in the driver’s side door. Police said the victim wasn’t wearing a seat belt, but it wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome of the crash. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
No charges will be filed in the incident. But as in all crashes in Tennessee that involve a fatality, police requested blood alcohol and drug tests be taken from the deceased driver. Helping police at the scene were EMS paramedics, members of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department, rescue squad and fire department.
Motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of Tennessee residents every day. Those injured in crashes have the right to speak to an attorney regarding the possibility of legal recourse. They may also find that the aftereffects of the crash have impeded their ability to earn a living or to participate in those things they used to enjoy. There may be additional expenses with which to contend like medical costs and costs for rehabilitation. Someone injured by a driver who violates a right of way typically has grounds for a personal injury claim, even if the at-fault driver dies in the crash.